Frequently Asked Questions

How much do classes cost?

ISU charges by the credit hour. The tuition rates can be found on their website: Out of state students may be eligible for tuition discounts or the in-state tuition rate depending on where they live and/or the nature of their programs.

How long does it take to complete each program?

Program completion depends on whether a student enrolls full or part-time with many, but not all, of the programs eligible for part-time enrollment. Depending on the degree, a full-time student can generally complete their coursework in two years, although some programs can be completed in as little as one year. Please see the program descriptions on specifics about typical time to degree.

Will my previous graduate classes count towards my degree?

For Ed. S. and Ph. D. programs, we do have a mechanism for some or most of your previous coursework to count toward your degree (e.g., master’s coursework that can be applied toward an Ed.S. or Ph.D. degree). For master's programs, the School of Graduate Studies allows the transfer of up to 30% of your required credits. All courses must be approved for transfer by the program coordinator. You should discuss your specific situation with the coordinator of your degree program.

Who should I contact to discuss my interest in a particular program?

You should contact the coordinator of your particular program. They are:

Is the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) required?

The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is NOT required for all degree programs.

Where can I find a schedule of classes?

Schedules of classes are available online through the ISU Portal on this website: You can look at the schedule of classes and the ISU academic calendar without having to log-in by clicking "Click here to View Resources which do not require a login." in the middle of the page. Or click here

What are the most important deadline dates for graduate students?

The most important deadline dates are:

  • Deadlines that may exist for program applications (see the program links within our website for that information).

  • Deadlines for registering for classes (see the Important Dates for the Registration link in the ISU Portal: or click here

  • Application deadlines for graduation (YES, you must apply to graduate) are found under Critical Dates under the Current Students link at the College of Graduate and Professional Studies website: Applications to graduate can be found under the forms link at the College of Graduate and Professional Studies website

  • For doctoral students, deadlines for final dissertation defenses can be found at the College of Graduate and Professional Studies website (be aware that the department has deadlines that precede the College of Graduate and Professional Studies deadlines by 3 weeks). Deadline information can be found under Critical Dates under the Current Students link at the College of Graduate and Professional Studies website:

  • Other deadlines may be listed through the Department, the College of Education, or the College of Graduate and Professional Studies. You are ultimately responsible for knowing and meeting these deadline expectations.

How can I register for classes, & whom do I contact if I have difficulty?

Log in to your “MYISU” Portal at ….on the bottom of the page that loads, make sure to click on “MyISUApps” first. Then…Click on the “Student self-service” box. On the left, under “Class Schedule” please click “Register (Add/Drop Classes). You will then come to the “Select Term” page. Under the drop-down box, choose the term you wish to enroll for. If you experience any difficulties, contact the Department of Educational Leadership at 812-237-2900 or 812-237-2895.

Who do I contact for distance/online education related matters?

The help desk can assist you with your connectivity and troubleshooting needs at 812-237-2910 or
For issues involving BlackBoard, please call 812-237-7000. If you have questions about the course content, contact your professor.

Can you check to see if I am successfully registered?

You can check yourself via the MyISU Portal after logging in with your username and password:

If you need help on how to access your personal portal information, you can call the Help Desk at the Office of Information Technology: 812-237-2910 (toll-free 888-818-5465),